Saturday, September 23, 2023, Margaret Mary (Hennessy) Sedlacek, 83, passed away at her Astoria home.
She was the wife of the late Steven Paul Sedlacek. Margaret, also known as Peggy to friends and family, was born in the Inwood section of Manhattan on July 7, 1940, daughter of the late Gervaise R. Hennessy and Margaret M. Hennessy.
In 2015, Peggy was predeceased by her only child, Susan M. Sedlacek. Her brothers Francis X. Hennessy and Daniel J. Hennessy, and sister-in-laws have also predeceased Peggy. She is survived by eight nieces and nephews, twelve grand nieces and nephews, and two great grand nephews.
Susan’s lifelong friend, Sondra Webner, took up the mantle of emotionally supporting Peggy during Susan’s long illness and eventual passing. Sondra’s husband Peter, and their children-Jeremy, Liam and Marissa all provided the extra family and love which helped Peggy carry on.
Peggy grew upon Thayer Street, Inwood, and graduated from Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs, Academy of the Sacred Heart of Mary, and completed her Bachelor of Arts at Hunter College, part of CUNY. She was a lifelong NYC resident.
During her early career, she taught in the NYC public school system. When taking some time after her daughter was born, she taught catechism at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, also in Astoria. Afterwards, she worked in the private sector teaching business classes-typewriting, bookkeeping and stenography. Peggy was dedicated to teaching and she continued to tutor even after retiring.
Her greatest joy, after her marriage to Steven in 1963, was the acceptance and eventual graduation of her late daughter, Susan, from Harvard College. Peggy’s warmth and smile will be long remembered by Astoria neighbors and friends (both on 46th Street and 21st Avenue). Her two lifelong friends, whom she deeply loved were Ms. Joanne Griffiths of FL, and Mrs. Ann Steiner of Astoria. Peggy’s continued positive outlook, even after the loss of her husband and daughter, were a gift to her caretaker, Aniko Ihasz. Aniko and Deidre O’Donnell took incredible care of Peggy until she passed away.
Friends are invited to calling hours from 3;00 pm until 8:00 pm on this Friday, Sept. 29, 2023 at the Farenga Funeral Home, 38-08 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria, NY. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9 am on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023 at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 43-19 30th Avenue, Queens, NY. Internment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Woodside.